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Mississippi Valley Silica appeals judge's damage ruling

JACKSON — Mississippi Valley Silica Co. has argued that a trial judge’s rulings prevented it from presenting an adequate defense of a damage lawsuit. The company yesterday asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out the $7.6 million award to the family of Robert Eastman. Eastman claimed he sustained irreparable lung damage from silicosis caused by inhaling sandblasting sand at ...

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Court wants more information in tort cap cases

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has asked attorneys for more information as it considers whether the state’s limitation on damages in civil cases is constitutional. In an order last month, the court asked attorneys for Sears, Roebuck and Co., and for plaintiff Lisa Learmonth to explain why a Mississippi jury failed to distinguish between non-economic damages and economic damages. ...

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Case against 'King of Torts' authors tossed

OXFORD — A Lafayette County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. The Oxford Eagle reports that Judge Robert Elliot filed an order July 15 dismissing the suit that FBI agent Hal Neilson filed in December ...

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Supreme Court begins mulling tort caps

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled arguments today on the question of whether a state law that limits non-economic damages in civil cases is constitutional. The lawsuit between Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Lisa Learmonth is pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The 5th Circuit has withheld a decision in the case. ...

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